Does Medicare Cover Oxygen?

Learn if Medicare covers oxygen tanks and supplies

by Ray Wilson+ on Sep 18, 2015

Oxygen may be needed to help those with COPD, emphysema, other lung disease, or heart disease. For some people, they will require oxygen for the rest of their lives, while others will need it for short periods of time after surgery or injury. While many people each year will need oxygen, most seniors don’t know whether or not oxygen is covered by Medicare. 

Does Medicare Cover Oxygen?

Medicare does partially cover oxygen tanks, tubing, containers that store oxygen, and may even partially cover humidifiers when used with your oxygen equipment. You still have to pay your Part B deductible ($185) and 20% of the costs.

Medicare pays toward the rental fee for 36 months of continuous use. After this time, you usually don’t pay anything toward the oxygen rental fee for another 24 months.

Does Medigap Cover Oxygen?

All Medigap plans cover all or part of your oxygen coinsurance for rentals, tanks, and tubing and other supplies. With that said, only Medigap plan C and F will cover your Part B deductible.

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Does Medicare Advantage Cover Oxygen?

Medicare Advantage does cover oxygen. As you may know, Medicare Advantage (MA) plans must cover everything that Original Medicare covers, BUT MA plans can cover items and services differently. You’ll want to check with each provider to see how it is covered..

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